How long can the Clippers last without the services of their best players? This is a big problem for Los Angeles. In Game 6 against Utah on Friday night, Los Angeles needed a victory to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history.
Kawhi Leonard Injured a knee in the 4th game And could not participate in the fifth game, but after Paul George’s outstanding performance (37 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists), Los Angeles managed to achieve an away victory and a 3-2 series lead. However, if the Clippers want to win the 2021 NBA championship, they will almost certainly need Leonard to return, even if he does not go all out.
The following is the latest news from Leonard before the 6th game.
Will Kawhi Leonard play against the Jazz?
Clippers coach Tylen Lue told reporters on Thursday that Leonard will miss the sixth game. Lu did not provide any details about Leonard’s status for the remainder of the NBA playoffs.
In the fourth quarter of Los Angeles’ fourth victory, Leonard limped to the basket. He ended up in the last four minutes of that game, but in an interview with TNT’s Rebecca Haarlow after the game, he said: “I will be fine.”
Unfortunately, for Leonard, the knee problem ended up being more serious than he thought. The Clippers said the injury was a sprained right knee, but the team worried that he might have an ACL injury. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
In 11 games in the playoffs, Leonard averaged 30.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game, shooting 57.3% from the field and 39.3% from the three-point range.
Jazz vs. Clippers Game 6 injury report
(As of 1:30 PM EST on Friday)
|scissors||Sergi Ibaka||Go out||Retreat; surgery|
|scissors||Kawhi Leonard||Go out||Right knee; sprain|
|jazz||Mike Conley||suspicious||Right hamstring; mild strain|
|jazz||Donovan Mitchell||suspicious||Right ankle; pain|